Ms. Nilmini Rose Wijeyesekera

Ms. Nilmini Rose Wijeyesekera

Senior Lecturer

Department of Private and Comparative Law Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka Email:,

  • LL.B. (Hons.), University of Colombo
  • M.Phil, University of Colombo

♦    Women’s Rights law

♦   Children’s Rights law

♦   Family law

♦   Jurisprudence

♦   Human rights of women,  children and other marginalized groups particularly in areas relating to their private lives

♦   Violence against women

♦   Rights relating to restitution for lost/damaged property

♦   Rights of women and children in post war context

♦   Transitional justice

♦  Visiting lecturer and examiner of the Open University of Sri Lanka

♦  Examiner of the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka

♦  Member of the N-PEACE | Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment – A regional organization.

♦  Member of the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV) [based in India]

♦  Member of the Expert Committee on Family Law Reform appointed by the Hon. Minister of Justice and Judicial Reforms, Sri Lanka

♦   Member of the Board of editors of the Colombo Law Review, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • Protection of Women’s Rights in Media Reporting’, A chapter (6) in the Human rights guidebook for journalists published by the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo (2008)
  • A culture of rights or cultural rights? Child’s right to participate in custody and Guardianship issues: Experience of Sri Lanka.’, accepted for publication in the University of Colombo Law Review.  (2011)
  • ‘Uncompromising Partners’- A critical analysis of the feasibility of introducing a divorce law based on the doctrine of irretrievable breakdown of marriage within an adversarial court procedure. 60th Anniversary publication of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.(2009)
  • Punishing the innocent victim: the concept of illegitimacy –  A case for law reform’, Sri Lanka Journal of International Law, 2007
  • ‘Some Aspects on the Domestic Violence Act of Sri Lanka – A comparative Analysis, Colombo Law Review 2006 (to be published)
  • Options for Divorce Reform: Doubts and Realities’,  Sri Lanka Journal of International Law, 2004, Vol.16
  • Reform of the Sri Lankan Divorce Law’, Sri Lanka Journal of International Law, 2003, Vol.15
  • An Analysis of some practical problems inherent in the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of Sri Lanka’ – Economic Law Review published by the Peoples Bank of Sri Lanka, April/May 2008 and reproduced in the Bar Association (Panadura) Law Journal
  • Contributed as a member of the Subject Expert Committee in preparing the Supplementary Reading Book on ‘Human Rights and International Relations’ for year 11students, Published jointly by the National Institute of Education and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo. (2008)
  • Democratizing post-armed conflict reconciliation: A feminist perspective on the IDP’s right to leave, to return and the right not to return to their property – Presented at the Law and Social Sciences Research Network (LASSnet) Conference at Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka from December 14-16, 2012
  • ‘Property rights in Sri Lanka: A means of gender discrimination?’ – Presented at the Annual Research Symposium of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo- 2012. [Conference theme: ‘Converging technologies and sustainable communities’. [Extended Abstract published by the University of Colombo.]
  • ‘Some specific constraints pertaining to property rights of Sri Lankan Tamil women governed by Tesawalamei: A post-armed conflict reappraisal’ – Presented at the 13th National Convention on Women’s Studies, Organized by the Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR), Sri Lanka in August 2012
  • ‘Gender perspective in post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation: needs, challenges and obligations of Sri Lanka’ – Abstract has been published by the University of Jaffna,in Jaffna University International Research Conference (JUICE–2012) proceedings, [Conference theme – Capacity Development in a Post-war Context, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 20 July 2012]
  • ‘Equal Right to Restitution for Lost/Damaged Property: A Women’s Human Rights Perspective in Post-war Sri Lanka.’  – Presented the research paper at the 9th Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Conference at the National University of Singapore in May 2012.
  • ‘Assessing the validity of child marriages contracted during the war: A challenge in post-war Sri Lanka.’ At the Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo [Faculty of Law].(2011)
  • Indo-Sri Lanka Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA): A Win-Win Situation to both the Countries?’ at the International Conference on Intraregional Trade in South Asia: Role of SAARC, organized by the M. K. Nambyar SAARC Law Centre of the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India.(2011)
  • Proof of marriage: special measures for war-affected women towards reconciliation’, Annual Research Conference of the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka,(2010)
  • Is the Sri Lankan Matrimonial Law in need of a Complete Overhaul?’ the National Law Conference-2010, Organized by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka(2010). The theme of the Conference was ‘PARADIGM SHIFT IN A UNITED SRI LANKA: HOW SHOULD LAWYERS CONTRIBUTOR?’
  • Guardianship of children: Cultural rights or a culture of rights?- An analysis of the conflicting rights relating to guardianship of children in a plural legal tradition: Experience of Sri Lanka.’ The 7th Asian Law Institute Annual Conference, at the International Islamic University of Malaysia, Kuala Lampur,  Conference theme: ‘The Law in a Pluralist Asia: Challenges and Prospects.’(2010)
  • Divorce without war; but through mediation: A comparative analysis of ‘collaborative mediation’ as a better alternative divorce procedure for Sri Lanka.The Faculty of Law Annual Symposium (2010)
  • A broad overview of the key issues related to gender discrimination in Sri Lanka’ at UN Colombo, on the broader theme of ‘Ending Discrimination’ on the World Human Rights Day, which coincided with the 30th anniversary of CEDAW.(2009)
  • A Comparative Analysis of Some Aspects of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of Sri Lanka’– A research Paper presented at the 11th National Convention of Women organized by CENWOR, Colombo, Sri Lanka 2008
  • Presented a paper on ‘A comparative critique of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of Sri Lanka, at the 2nd Kartini Conference on ‘The Future of Asian Feminism, confronting fundamentalisms, Conflict and neo-liberalism, held in Indonesia. 2008 November